At this year’s Carnegie International, the emphasis is certainly on the ‘international’.
“How can we see the ‘international’ as an idea of the specific place from which we work?” said Sohrab Mohebbi, chief curator of the 58th edition of the showwhich opens in September at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The exhibition will attempt to answer this question by tracing the “geopolitical imprint of the US since 1945” – a moment that, according to Mohebbi, marked both the birth of contemporary art and the country’s rise to global hegemony.
The global framework of the exhibition is reflected by the extensive list of participants, a line-up that includes both living and deceased artists, as well as various creative collectives and institutional collections. In total there are 150 names from 40 areas around the world, including Claes Oldenburg, Diane Severin Nguyen, Susan Meiselas and Trương Công Tùng.
That’s a huge group, even for a historically open-minded show like the International, the longest-running exhibition series in the US (the previous edition, in 2018, for example, boasted 32 collectives.)
“The show is different in design in almost every way,” said Eric Crosby, director of the Carnegie Museum. Among the themes animating it are “issues of artistic solidarity, reconstruction and responding to traumatic world events.”
Special attention will be given to ‘historical thinking’, the director continued, ‘looking not only at the present moment, but also practices that have been overlooked by art history. We want to bring these practices into the museum together with the [Carnegie’s] own collection in a way that gives rise to new rethinking of our history through the lens of the contemporary.”
Édgar Calel, a Kaqchikel artist, was responsible for the title of the show, “Is it morning for you?” Calel was visiting Mohebbi in Pittsburgh when he explained that it is customary for his people in Guatemala’s Maya Kaqchikel community not to say “good morning” but to ask, “Is it morning for you yet?”
“This really continued to resonate in many ways,” Mohebbi recalls, again referring to the relativity of the exhibition’s conceit. The title, he said, “was a way for us to acknowledge this question of what is contemporary. Are we together? Are we on the same clock? Let’s look at our times together.”
View the full list of the particulating collectives, institutions, estates and artists below:
Abdul Hay Mosallam Harm
Vo An Khanha
Angel Velasco Shaw
Antonio Martorell with poetry by Ernesto Cardenal
Collective 3 (Aarón Flores, Araceli Zúñiga, Blanca Noval Vilar and César Espinosa) Dala Nasser
Diane Severin Nguyen
Giana De Dier
Hyphen— (Akmalia Rizqita “Chita,” Grace Samboh, Ratna Mufida), featuring works by: Kustiyah alongside Edhi Sunarso† Gregory Sidharta Soegijokartika, Rustamadji† Siti Ruliyatic† Sriyani Hudyonoto† sudarso† Trubus SoedarsonoZaini
I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih
James “Yaya” Hough
Joong Seop Lee
Julian Abraham “Togar”
Karen Tei Yamashita
Krista Belle Stewart
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Let’s Get Free: The Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee
Poverty Department of Los Angeles
Louise E. Jefferson
Monira Al Qadiri
Museum of Solidarity Salvador Allende Collection with works by: Alberto Perez, Alfredo Portillos, Anders Åberg, Anonymous women† Bat T. TchoulounCarol Law, Derek Boshier, Eduardo Terrazas, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Francisco Brugnoli, Gontran Guanaes Netto, Hanns Karlewski, Hugo Rivera-Scott, Leonilda Gonzalez, Lilo Salberg, Luis Philip Noah, Luis Tomasello, Myra Landau, N. BavoujavÖyvind Fahlström, Patricia Israel, Paul Peter Piech, Ricardo Mesa, Ryszard Winiarski, Sambuungiin Mashbat, SANALBAT (S. Natsagdorj, N. Sandagdorj, N. Sukhbat), Valentina Cruz, Ximena Armas
Rafa Nasiri and Etel Adnan
Rosa Mena Valenzuela
Sound Gui Kim
Tei Carpenter / Agency—Agency
Thu Van Tran
Yooyun Yang |
†Is it morning for you yet?runs from September 24, 2022 to April 2, 2023 at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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